WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #14-21 "Those Short But Starry Nights of Summer are About to Arrive"
Air Dates May 26, 2014 - June 1, 2014



FIVE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
JAMES: HEY THERE STAR GAZERS. I'M JAMES ALBURY, DIRECTOR OF THE KIKA SILVA PLA PLANETARIUM IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA

DEAN: AND, I'M DEAN REGAS, ASTRONOMER FOR THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY.  LET US  BE YOUR GUIDES TO THE SKY. SUMMER OFFICIALLY BEGINS FOR THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE ON SATURDAY JUNE 21ST AT 6:51 A.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME.

JAMES: BUT THE SKIES ARE ALREADY LOADED WITH WONDERFUL SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS AND PLANETS. LET'S SHOW YOU.

JAMES: O.K., WE'VE GOT OUR SKIES SET UP FOR THIS WEEK AND NEXT, 10 P.M. FACING NORTH WHERE YOU'LL SEE THE LITTLE DIPPER AT ITS VERY HIGHEST ABOVE THE NORTH STAR. IN FACT THE NORTH STAR IS THE STAR AT THE END OF THE HANDLE OF THE LITTLE DIPPER. NOW THE LITTLE DIPPER IS NOT NEARLY AS LARGE OR BRIGHT AS THE BIG DIPPER BUT IF YOU HAVE DARK SKIES YOU CAN SEE IT.

DEAN: THE HANDLE IS DRAWN FROM THE NORTH STAR THROUGH TWO VERY DIM STARS, WHICH THEN CONNECTS TO TWO MORE DIM STARS TO DRAW PART OF THE BOWL, AND THEN ANOTHER DIM STAR, AND FINALLY A SLIGHTLY BRIGHTER STAR NAMED KOCHAB FINISHES OFF THE BOWL OF THE LITTLE DIPPER.

JAMES: NOW THE BIG DIPPER IS A MUCH BRIGHTER AND LARGER STAR PATTERN AND IS DIRECTLY TO THE LITTLE DIPPER'S LEFT IN THE NORTHWEST. FOUR STARS MARK ITS CUP AND THREE STARS MARK ITS HANDLE

DEAN: AND ONCE YOU'VE FOUND THE BIG DIPPER YOU CAN SHOOT AN ARROW THROUGH ITS HANDLE ACROSS THE SKY ALMOST OVERHEAD AND DOWN INTO THE WESTERN SKY TO FIND ONE OF THE 'TOP THREE' BRIGHTEST STARS IN THE SKY, ARCTURUS. IT IS THE BRIGHTEST STAR OF BOOTES THE HERDSMAN, WHICH LOOKS SOMETHING LIKE A KITE.

JAMES: THEN IF YOU EXTEND THAT ARROW FROM ARCTURUS IT MIGHT LAND ON SPICA THE BRIGHTEST STAR OF VIRGO. NOW I SAY MIGHT, BECAUSE THIS YEAR THERE ARE THREE POINTS OF LIGHT THAT WILL MAKE GOOD TARGETS FOR YOUR ARROW. THE LIGHT IN THE MIDDLE IS THE STAR SPICA IN THE ZODIACAL CONSTELLATION VIRGO. 14 DEGREES TO SPICA'S RIGHT IS THE NOTICEABLY BRIGHTER RED PLANET MARS.

DEAN: THEN ABOUT 25 DEGREES TO THE LEFT OF SPICA IS THE RINGED PLANET SATURN. NOW SATURN IS ALSO BRIGHTER THAN SPICA. AND IF YOU LOOK CAREFULLY, SATURN IS SLIGHTLY MORE YELLOW IN APPEARANCE. TAKE A LOOK AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.

JAMES: SO YOU'RE PROBABLY ASKING WHICH IS WHICH AND HOW CAN I BE SURE? WELL THE MOON WILL BE DOING ITS POINTER THING OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO, SO USE IT. LET'S START ON MAY 31 WITH A THREE DAY OLD MOON BELOW JUPITER.

DEAN: THEN ON JUNE 3RD AND 4TH THE MOON WILL BRACKET REGULUS THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN LEO THE LION.

JAMES: THEN ON JUNE 7TH MARS WILL BE JUST ABOVE A WAXING GIBBOUS MOON BUT MARS WILL BE BRIGHT ENOUGH TO COMPETE WITH THE LIGHT OF THE MOON.

DEAN:  THE NEXT NIGHT, THE 8TH OF JUNE, A BIGGER AND BRIGHTER MOON WILL BE JUST TO THE RIGHT OF SPICA.

JAMES: AND THE MOON WILL PROBABLY OVERWHELM SPICA. ON THE 9TH AND 10TH THE MOON WILL BE ON EITHER SIDE OF SATURN.

DEAN: AND THE NEXT NIGHT, A NEARLY FULL MOON WILL BE ABOVE ANTARES, THE BRIGHTEST STAR OF SUMMER,S SCORPION.

JAMES; IF YOU CONTINUE TURNING AND FACE EAST YOU'LL SEE THE THREE INCREDIBLY BRIGHT STARS WHICH MARK THE POINTS OF THE SUMMER TRIANGLE. THE BRIGHTEST IS VEGA IN LYRA THE HARP, THE SECOND BRIGHTEST, ALTAIR, IN AQUILA THE EAGLE AND THE THIRD BRIGHTEST, DENEB, IN CYGNUS THE SWAN. AND EVERY YEAR AS SUMMER BEGINS WE ALWAYS SEE THESE THREE CELESTIAL DAZZLERS RISING OVER THE EASTERN HORIZON ANNOUNCING THAT SUMMER IS HERE.

DEAN: SO THERE YOU HAVE IT EVERY DIRECTION YOU LOOK YOU'LL SEE WONDERFUL STARS AS WE AWAIT THE BEGINNING OF SUMMER, 2014 :IN THE SOUTH SCORPIUS: IN THE EAST THE THREE BRILLIANT STARS OF THE SUMMER TRIANGLE; VEGA, DENEB AND ALTAIR.

JAMES: IN THE NORTH, BOTH THE LITTLE AND BIG DIPPERS, THEN FOLLOWING THE HANDLE OF THE BIG DIPPER INTO THE SOUTH WEST : ARCTURUS AND THEN SPICA WITH THE PLANETS MARS AND SATURN ON EITHER SIDE. AND FINALLY, HUGGING THE WESTERN HORIZON, JUPITER BELOW LEO THE LION, BOTH BIDDING US FAREWELL.

DEAN: AND IN THE MORNING SKY IN THE EAST VENUS IS STILL BLAZING AWAY AND WILL DAILY APPROACH THE PLEIADES TO GIVE YOU A BIT OF A PREVIEW OF FALL SKIES.

JAMES: SUMMER NIGHTS ARE SHORT BUT THIS SUMMER IS GOING TO SHOW YOU LOTS OF WONDERFUL STARRY SIGHTS SO REMEMBER TO

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #14-21 "Those Short But Starry Nights of Summer are About to Arrive"
Air Dates May 26, 2014 - June 1, 2014



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
JAMES: ON SATURDAY JUNE 21ST, SUMMER OFFICIALLY BEGINS IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE AND EVEN THOUGH THERE'LL BE FEWER HOURS TO STAR GAZE BECAUSE NIGHTS ARE SHORTER,

DEAN: NEVERTHELESS THE STARS ON THE FIRST NIGHTS OF SUMMER ARE WONDERFUL BECAUSE THEY PERFECTLY ECHO THE CHANGE OF THE SEASONS.  LET'S SHOW YOU.

JAMES: JUST AFTER DARK, LOOK WEST AND JUST ABOVE JUPITER YOU'LL SEE WINTERS GEMINI TWINS, CASTOR AND POLLUX AND ABOVE THEM SPRING'S MOST FAMOUS CONSTELLATION, LEO THE LION, PREPARING TO SET IN THE WEST.

DEAN: THEN IF YOU LOOK EXACTLY OPPOSITE, LEO YOU'LL SEE THE 3 BRIGHT STARS OF THE GREAT SUMMER TRIANGLE RISING IN THE EAST.  A COSMIC FAREWELL TO TWO SEASONS AND A WELCOME TO ANOTHER.

JAMES: AND IN THE MORNING BRILLIANT VENUS BLAZES AWAY IN THE EASTERN SKY. AND OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS VENUS WILL CLOSE IN ON THE PLEIADES OF FALL.

DEAN: THE CYCLE OF THE SEASONS VIVIDLY DISPLAYED IN THE SKIES OVERHEAD IF YOU…

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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